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Naked Alibi (1954)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Crime, Drama | 14 January 1955 (Belgium)
A police chief fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 police detectives.

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Chief Joe Conroy
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Marianna
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Al Willis
Marcia Henderson ...
Helen Willis
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Det. Lt. Fred Parks (as Casey Adams)
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Petey
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Capt. Owen Kincaide
Don Haggerty ...
Matt Matthews
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Chief A.S. Babcock
Don Garrett ...
Tony
Richard Beach ...
Felix
Tol Avery ...
Irish
Paul Levitt ...
Gerald Frazier
Fay Roope ...
Commissioner F.J. O'Day
Joseph Mell ...
Otto Stoltz
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Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Cop, The Killer and the Border Town Woman! See more »

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Film-Noir | Crime | Drama

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14 January 1955 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Cry Copper  »

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1.85 : 1
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When Joe phones Matt from Border City, he makes it a collect call. But when Matt answers, they begin speaking immediately, without the operator first asking if he would accept the charges. See more »

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Chief Joe Conroy: Are you in the habit of hauling in cut-up strangers?
Marianna: Yeah. It's a hobby with me.
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ACE IN THE HOLE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) (uncredited)
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Why Isn't This Good Film Noir Available?
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two great film noir actors - Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame - star in this movie. Hayden is excellent as a tough cop bound-and-determined to get a killer than has been turned free (Gene Barry).

Barry is very good as the criminal who falsely claims "police brutality." In that respect, this movie was ahead of its day as that term became widely used two decades later.

Overall, this a good film noir that's a bit different from the normal fare, but certainly not different when it comes to great noir photography and good suspense.

Where is the DVD of this film? (In fact, where was the VHS, in the first place?)


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